Partygate: All the events police are probing – and the ones that have resulted in fines



Police have started handing out fines to people attending lockdown-flouting parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.

Scotland Yard confirmed 50 fixed penalty notices have been issued in total – so far – to guests at law-breaking bashes during the pandemic.

Detectives are investigating 12 events as part of their Partygate probe, including six gatherings Boris Johnson is believed to have attended.

The Prime Minister was not included the first wave of ends, which is understood to contain only the most straightforward cases.

Downing Street has pledged to confirm if Mr Johnson or Cabinet Secretary Simon Case receive fines but the Met and No10 have said they won’t say who else is fined or what events the penalties relate to.

However details have emerged of senior officials who have now been fined for three separate events






Boris Johnson is being investigated by police as part of their Partygate probe

England’s Covid lockdown fines for a first offense were set at £60 in March 2020, before rising to £100 in May 2020 and £200 in September 2020. Each fine halves if paid within a fortnight.

Here are all the parties the Metropolitan Police are investigating – and which ones have resulted in late as of last week.

We do not yet know exactly which events the Met has issued the latest ends over.

May 20, 2020: BYOB bash in the Downing Street garden

The PM’s then Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds invited around 100 staff to bash at the height of the first lockdown to “make the most of the lovely weather.”

He signed off the email: “Please join us from 6pm and bring your own booze!”

The Prime Minister has admitted to briefly attending the gathering but claimed he thought it was a work event.

His wife Carrie Johnson was reportedly there, along with 40 others.

One witness told the Sunday Times: “There were 40 people in the garden, including Boris and Carrie. There were long tables laden with drink, crisps, sausage rolls and other picnic food. It was a proper booze-up.”

Fines issued? None so far.







Boris Johnson and his then assistant Martin Reynolds, who invited 100 staff to the event
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June 18, 2020: Karaoke leaving do for No10 official

Officials gathered for a lockdown karaoke bash to mark the departure of No10 official Hannah Young.

The raucous leaving do, which is said to have resulted in a drunken brawl, saw partygoers use a karaoke machine despite singing and indoor gatherings being banned at the time.

Around 20 people attended the knees-up.






Former civil servant Helen MacNamara apologizes for an ‘error of judgement’ in attending the event

Former Whitehall ethics chief Helen MacNamara became the first person to publicly admit to receiving a fine when she apologized for an “error of judgement” in attending the event.

Whitehall enforcer Sue Gray first revealed the event had taken place at the Cabinet Office in her initial Partygate report in January.

Fines issued? And it is

June 19, 2020: Boris Johnson’s surprise birthday gathering

Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie led staff in a chorus of Happy Birthday while the PM was presented with a cake at a surprise gathering in the Cabinet room.

The Prime Minister had returned from a school visit in Hertfordshire that afternoon.







Boris Johnson was presented with a cake on a school visit earlier that day
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Tory Conor Burns claimed the PM was ‘ambushed with a cake’
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Long-standing ally Conor Burns famously tried to defend the Prime Minister’s attendance by saying he was “ambushed with a cake” and was only there for ten minutes.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also admitted to attending but said he was there for a meeting.

Fines issued? None so far

November 13, 2020: ‘Abba’ party in Downing Street flat

Sources told the Mirror No10 aides “drank their socks off” at a gathering in Boris and Carrie Johnson’s flat above 11 Downing Street.

Staff reported hearing loud music blasting late into the night after top No10 aide Dominic Cummings quit.

The flat get-together later became known as the Abba party, as the ‘Winner Takes It All’ was said to have been played to celebrate his departure.

A spokeswoman for Mrs Johnson dismissed the claims as “total nonsense”.

Fines issued? None so far







Dominic Cummings resigned in a blaze of publicity
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November 13, 2020: Leaving do for spin chief

On the same night, a leaving do was held by Lee Cain, the PM’s departing director of communications.

Boris Johnson is said to have given a leaving speech to say farewell to former spin doctor Lee Cain.

Sources told the Mirror a relatively small number of people gathered for drinks in No10’s ’round table room’ to mark two top aides’ departure.

Fines issued?not so far

December 17, 2020: Boozy leaving do for official who wrote the Covid rules

Kate Josephs, former Director General of the Covid Taskforce, was given a boozy send off by officials at the Cabinet Office – despite London being placed into Tier 3 the day before.

Bars, pubs and restaurants were forced to close but staff enjoyed a get-together “with drinks” to mark her departure from Whitehall.

Ms Josephs, who went to work for Sheffield City Council issued a public apology earlier this year after details of the farewell bash emerged.

Fines issued? And it is







Former top civil servant Kate Josephs apologized earlier this year for attending the event
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December 17, 2020: Christmas quiz in civil service chief’s office

Civil service boss Simon Case was initially asked to investigate the Partygate scandal but he stepped aside after it emerged an event had taken place in his own office.

The probe was taken over by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

An online quiz was reportedly held for members of his private office, with around 15 guests attending.

Fines issued? not so far

December 17, 2020: No10 leaving do

Boris Johnson gave a speech at an event to mark defense aid Captain Steve Higham’s Downing Street departure before Christmas.

It is understood the PM was “there for a few minutes to thank him for his service” as a “small number of No10 staff briefly said goodbye”.

Fines issued? not so far

December 18, 2020: Downing Street Christmas party

The raucous Christmas party, first revealed by the Mirror, was said to have been attended by 40 of the Prime Minister’s top team.

Downing Street dodged questions for a week before bombshell video emerged of staff joking about it.

Officials knocked back glasses of wine and held a Secret Santa while the rest of the country was forced to stay at home.

According to later reports, people made speeches and stayed until 2am, with Boris Johnson not present but working a few rooms away in his office.

“It was a Covid nightmare,” one source told the Mirror.

Mr Johnson claimed in the Commons that all guidance was followed, but a video emerged of a mock press conference in which press secretary Allegra Stratton joked about the knees-up and the lack of social distancing. She later resigned.

Fines issued? not so far







The PM’s press secretary Allegra Stratton resigned after footage emerged of her joking about a No10 Christmas party
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January 14, 2021: Prosecco-fueled bash for departing No10 officials

Sue Gray first revealed that a gathering was held in Downing Street during the third lockdown to mark the departure of two private secretaries.

The prosecco-fueled event was said to have included a speech by Boris Johnson, who attended briefly.

Fines issued? not so far

April 16, 2021: Two boozy leaving dos on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

Leaving events for No10 comms chief James Slack and a photographer took place and later merged on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Despite the Union flag flying at half mast at Buckingham Palace, Downing Street staff filled a suitcase with wine from a local Co-op and staff reportedly broke a swing belonging to the PM’s baby son Wilf.

Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace after news of the lockdown parties triggered widespread public anger.

Fines issued? And it is

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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